A Message from the Coach:
We finished off the 2015 Football Season this past Monday night with our Football Banquet held at First Baptist Church here in Sheridan. It was a great night. A special thanks to our Superintendent Mr. Jerrod Williams and his son Jud for being our guests!
There are always many thanks to go out that makes for a special season and a memory filled Senior Year for Seniors and others that they will never forget. Naming names is dangerous because with my mind I will leave someone out! (I only left one person out at the banquet.......my wife.......but she is use to it being a coaches' wife and my wife.......unfortunately for her!) But we had many churches and parents and Wright's Ranch House that fed us this year. That is a lot of effort and costs and we appreciate it very much. But it helps us get our players in different environments and meet people they don't know that broadens their horizons in many areas. We have a great community and support base here in Sheridan. And our Touchdown Club that not only provides us with money for things that helps us be a better team like equipment, technology, even half time snacks for games, and PowerAde for summer camps and 7 on 7's. Not only their financial help, but their friendship and support mean everything to a head coach and staff.
And especially our staff, that does a tremendous job. Carl Owens: our Assistant Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator, and Strength & Conditioning Coordinator, Pete Bradley: Our defensive line coach and technology guru, Shane Jackson: our linebacker coach and "Competition Day" organizer, Kirby Johnson, our wide receiver coach, Quion Brock: our offensive line coach, and Mike Moore, our slots coach. We are fortunate to have a group of men that love kids, love football, and give a great amount of time and effort to help our team succeed.
That being said, I want to talk about the season for a second. The thing that I am the proudest of is that we brought back some pride and respectability to Yellowjacket Football this season. Five and Five is not our goal for any year. But, where we came from and to end up beating Texarkana on the last game of the year to get into the Playoffs was special. The Texarkana game will go down in my heart as one of the few games in 43 years of coaching that was very, very special. Our 15 Seniors, most of who had to start as Sophomores and go through two, 2 win seasons, gave their heart and soul to this season. They will always have a special place in my heart! Beating Lake Hamilton for the first time in 16 years and the first time in 26 years at their place, beating White Hall to bring home the "Highway 270 Classic Trophy" for the first time in three years since the trophy was started, having the leading punter in the state (Brady Bibb), the third leading tackler in the state at the point we got beat in the playoffs (Chris Wheeler: Middle Linebacker) and have the third leading rusher in the state that also set a school record for most yards gained for a season (2,167 yards) (Brockton Brown, Fullback), Jacob Atnip, that has committed to Arkansas State University, will be our first Division I player since Bryce Lunday signed with SMU in 2008. There are a lot of big holes to fill. But big holes lead to big opportunities for our underclassmen. We have the 9th graders with us now in our lifting. The week after our season ended we started testing and lifting and put the initial phases into place to prepare for next year. There is no "off-season" in any sport in this day and time. You either get better or worse every day. You never stay the same. That is unfortunate in some ways, but then that is another story. I am very proud to have been associated with this 2015 Yellowjacket Football Team. It was a fun year and a year that they will remember for the rest of their lives. A special thank you to all the fans that followed us and supported us through the year. The attendance at our games was tremendous. A special thanks to the Band, Dance, and Cheer teams and to the student body that supported us throughout! A special thanks to Matt Scarbrough, our Athletic Director, our Superintendent Mr. Jerrod Williams, and our Principal Mr. Rodney Williams. And a very special thanks to Gart Pitts who does all of our stats and play-by-play lists and analysis that saves us many hours of time after a game on Friday nights.
Head Football Coach
Sheridan High School